Manchester United in freefall as bookies write off their Premier League title chances

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side produced another unconvincing display at the weekend, drawing with Everton, and the Premier League title looks further away than ever.

Remember those halcyon days when Cristiano Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford and everything on the red side of Manchester's garden looked rosy?

Manchester United were suddenly in the running for the title again, the team was much better than Manchester City and now streets ahead of Liverpool. Chelsea...pah!

Ronaldo was back, Raphael Varane had joined and his partnership with Harry Maguire would be unbreakable. Bruno Fernandes was at the peak of his powers, Jadon Sancho was the next young England starlet just waiting to rip up the Premier League...even David de Gea had remembered where he kept his best pair of gloves.

The glory days were here again. All hail Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, United were back in the trophy hunt.

Funny how things can change in under a month.

The grim 1-1 draw with Everton, in which Andros Townsend (who should be at least 39 by now, but isn't) produced a man-of-the-match performance and grabbed the equaliser, showed the bookies that perhaps Manchester United aren't really title contenders at all.

Andros Townsend celebrates his equaliser against Manchester United Oct21

United were 10/1 to win the Premier League before Saturday's lunchtime kick-off. By the end of the weekend their odds had been pushed out to a huge 16/1.

If their miserable form continues, it won't be long before they are being priced up with Arsenal, currently 100/1 to win the title with Planet Sport Bet.

Solskjaer is looking nervously over his shoulder...again. Poor Ole, his neck must be really stiff by now. The Norwegian is now joint third favourite to be the next Premier League manager for the chop, after Newcastle's Steve Bruce and Norwich's Daniel Farke.

Solskjaer sits at 6/1 with Nuno Espirito Santo, who already has Spurs fans foaming at the mouth and Claudio Ranieri who hasn't even hung his coat up at Watford yet.

But don't despair Manchester United fans, for those of you with faith this is exactly the right time to jump back on the bandwagon and maybe take the bookies to the cleaners.

You do have faith don't you? Ronaldo, Varane, Sancho remember? Hey, where are you going? Come back.

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